I have an idea that’s free to anyone who wants to run with it.
I was shopping a few days ago and I saw, in two different chain stores, one of those huge displays of gift cards. You’ve seen them, right? They look something like this:
I was in Lowe’s, and they have a huge display where I could buy gift cards to places that have nothing to do with hardware and home improvement. Some of the cards I could’ve picked up were from
- Olive Garden
- Burger King
- TGI Friday’s (we don’t even have one of these in town)
- (and of course) Lowe’s
You notice anything those places have in common?
None of them are locally owned.
So that’s the idea that came to my head: We need someone to create a display to sell gift cards for local businesses, and get it placed wherever possible across the Tri-Cities. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to buy gift cards for … I don’t know … Cedars Restaurant or Ice Harbor Brewery or several other of the excellent local eateries? Or how about Walker’s Furniture? Or how about the fantastic Country Mercantile? Dura-Shine? Sharehouse or The Local? I could go on and on — you get the point.
Obviously only a few (if any) of these local businesses have credit card-style gift cards like the big stores do, so maybe this kiosk needs to be for paper gift certificates. Or maybe it needs to be a one-stop website where local folks can order whatever gift certificates they want.
That’s about as far as I’ve thought the idea through … now I’m just hoping someone else wants to take it and run. Because I’d love an easy way to support local businesses by buying gift cards/certificates.
(Photo by playerx and used via Creative Commons licensing.)
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